£1m the target as laundry group JLA launches new medical sub-brand

COMMERCIAL laundry equipment provider JLA has launched a new medical division targeting the UK care and healthcare industries.

The Ripponden-based company said that the move to launch JLA Medical as a new sub-brand is expected to net the company more than £1m in the next 12 months.

Stephen Baxter, CEO of JLA, said: “JLA Medical represents another big step forward for JLA in terms of our continuing commitment to meeting our customers’ needs and specific requirements.

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“Following other recent advancements in warewashing and detergents provision, it further highlights our significant investment into product development and carefully planned expansion into new areas of commercial equipment supply and servicing.”

JLA employs almost 450 people across its head office, engineering and field sales, and is currently recruiting for a number of roles across its departments.

The new JLA Medical range includes a set of bedpan washer-disinfector and macerator products, which JLA says are designed to maximise infection control and improve hygiene in care homes and hospitals, while making life easier for staff and operators.

JLA, which will celebrate its 40th year in business this year, recorded a turnover of £62m in 2011/12.

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